NEWSLETTER: OCTOBER 1999 Digital Papyrus newsletter

Digital Papyrus

"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"

Date: October 1999
Issue No. 1

Ponder of the Month
New Books
Movie Buzz
Con News
Space Babel
The Hook in the Book
Last Word

This is the inauguration issue of Digital Papyrus, our very own newsletter of the Science Fiction Forum and the Other*Worlds*Cafe! In the first days of the O*W*C take-over of the SF forum, there is a palpable sense of excitement, of ideas waiting to gamma-burst, and anticipation of new things to come. Now it's down to business. We at the Science Fiction Forum and the O*W*C hope that this is a place where fans and avid SF book readers can exchange thoughts and ideas about the different aspects of science fiction, and of course science. We sincerely hope this will be a place where SF books will flourish. Don't be stingy! E-mail RELM Helio with your comments and suggestions.


Ponder of the Month

Mir, abandoned in the dark, but not entirely. It has a companion which is for now but a fragment in NASA's planning eye, the floating building blocks that over time will coalesce into the International Space Station. As chunks of modules and pieces of equipment fall into place over the next months, we ask ourselves, will the end product do justice to all the hopes, dreams, and fervent anticipation that this might be the next mile on our space exploration project? Or would it become mired in political and pecuniary quagmires? At least, with Mir turning to dust next year, we can still hope, and dream, that this new orbiting habitat represents the beginning of the next phase.

New SF books in October

ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES [Putnam] William Gibson

BITING THE SUN [Bantam Spectra] Tanith Lee

THE CHROME BORNE [Baen] Larry Dixon and Mercedes Lackey

DOWN IN THE BOTTOMLANDS AND OTHER PLACES [Baen] L. Sprague de Camp and Harry Turtledove

THE FAIRIES' RING [Penguin Putnam/Dutton] Jane Yolen

THE FIRST DISCWORLD NOVELS [Dufour/Colin Smyth] Terry Pratchett

ISAAC ASIMOV'S WEREWOLVES [Ace] Sheila Williams and Gardner Dozois

OWLKNIGHT [Daw] Larry Dixon and Mercedes Lackey

XONE OF CONTENTION [Tor] Piers Anthony

ON BLUE'S WATERS (Book of the Short Sun, V. 1.) [Tor] Gene Wolfe

Movie Buzz

Is one MATRIX not enough? The Wachowski Brothers are scheduled to shoot MATRIX 2 and MATRIX 3 back-to-back in the fall of 2000. Keanu Reeves naturally, and likely Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne, will return for both films.


From Darth Vader to Ender? Jake Lloyd has been cast as Ender Wiggens in Orson Scott Card's ENDER'S GAME. Says Card "When I met Jake Lloyd, I realized that Ender might be played by a child actor who would not 'Culkinize' the character." By the way, there is a new book out in the ENDER series, ENDER'S SHADOW, which is not a prequel and not a sequel but a parallel novel. Hatrack River - The Official Web Site of Orso...


"One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them.
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them."

Who has the ring? CHRISTOPHER LEE! The British actor has been signed to play Saruman in the epic big screen version of J.R.R.Tolkien's fantasy trilogy LORD OF THE RINGS. Lee joins Ian Holms (Bilbo), Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins) Ian McKellan (Gandalf), Sean Astin (Sam Gamgee), Sean Bean (Boromir), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Billy Boyd (Pippin), Brad Dourif (Wormtongue), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), John Rhys-Davies (Gimli), Stuart Townsend (Aragorn), and Liv Tyler (Arwen). Filming has started in New Zealand.

Con News

The 57th World Science Fiction Convention, Aussiecon Three, was held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2-6 September 1999. For an extensive con report, click here: Aussiecon Three

The next worldcon, Chicon 2000, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL. Guests are Ben Bova, Bob Eggleton, Jim Baen, and Bob & Anne Passovoy. Harry Turtledove is the Toastmaster. Memberships are $150, $40 supporting, child care membership $150, children under 10 - $50. For info: Chicon 2000: the 58th World Science Fiction C... .

The latest of NASA

Remember the fervour when Martian sands were first imprinted by Sojourner's tracks?
A site has been chosen for the Mars Polar Lander to touch down on Mars on December 3. Will we relive that excitement of July 4, 1997?

For more news and images go to NASA Announces Mars Landing Site.

The Hook in the Book

When you read books there is that hook that grabs you body and soul into the story. What are the most memorable hooks you have encountered in science fiction?

"*The stars shake with storms
* The waters below roll thunder --
* Still, are we wet, love? *

I had to laugh. Sometimes I think Tom is half dolphin"


"The difference between raman and varelse is not in the creature judged, but in the creature judging. When we declare an alien species to be raman, it does not mean that they have passed a threshold of moral maturity. It means that we have."

SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card

Do you have your favourite hooks?

Last Word

As we ponder about the last days of Mir and the gestation of the new space station, and whether this new orbiting habitat will take us farther into space, what do our famous authors have to say about the future?

"My suggestion that a Star Trek transporter would still be unavailable in 3001 may ... appear ludicrously shortsighted a mere century from now ... the present lack of interstellar tourists is simply due to the fact that no receiving equipment has yet been set up on Earth. Perhaps it's already on its way by slow boat . . ."

Arthur C. Clarke

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